David Nepomuceno

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David Nepomuceno
Personal information
Nationality Filipino
Born (1900-05-09)May 9, 1900
Died September 27, 1939(1939-09-27) (aged 39)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 100m, 200m

David Nepomuceno (May 9, 1900 – September 27, 1939) was the first Filipino to compete in the Olympics. He was a runner and the sole representative of the Philippines at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.[1] In 1925, Nepomuceno ran the 100 meters in only two-tenths of a second short of the then-world record.

Early athletic career[edit]

Nepomuceno specialized in 100 meter sprints. Along with fellow Filipino Fortunato Catalon, he was considered a world-class sprinter in the 1920s, competing frequently in the Far East.

The Olympics[edit]

When the Philippines joined the International Olympic Committee in 1918, the requisite for the country's acceptance was the participation of a Filipino athlete at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France. Nepomuceno was the sole participant representing the Philippines. At the Olympics, he ran the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes; in neither race was he fast enough to qualify for the quarterfinals.[2]

Far Eastern Games[edit]

Nepomuceno won the following medals at the Far Eastern Games:[3]

1925

  • Gold Medal, 200 meter straight dash
  • Silver Medal, 100 meter dash

1927

  • Gold Medal, 100 meter dash
  • Bronze Medal, 200 meter straight dash

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